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Weekly Update - September 24, 2016: YouTube Heroes, Google+ in Google Apps, Allo

This week’s top updates:
YouTube Heroes program announcedGoogle Allo launchesGoogle+ becomes a core Google Apps for Work Service Plus Google Trips, Google - and Bing! - get AMP’d, Yahoo's 2014 security breach, and more tips and updates for Hangouts, YouTube, Google+, Blogger, AdSense, Google Maps, Google Docs & Slides, and more.

Image: It’s officially autumn: the air is crisper, the leaves are changing and YouTubers are freaking out ... Painting "Autumn Leaves" by Sarah Jane Prentiss (1823-1877), public domain

Weekly Update - September 17, 2016: YouTube Community, Google+ Scheduling, Cardboard Camera

My favorite updates this week:
YouTube introduced the new “Community” tab (on a limited number of channels)You can now use social media management services like Hootsuite to schedule posts to Google+ ProfilesThe Google Cardboard Camera app now lets you share your VR Images Plus there are updates and tips for YouTube Analytics, Local Business owners, live streaming, AdSense, Google Photos, Gmail, Outlook and more. 
Other topics I'm following:  Do Facebook's automated spam filters and removal of flagged content amount to censorship? (see "Other social media")AdBlock Plus now sells ads  (see "AdSense and advertising")Apple iMessage and Facebook Messenger as app platforms (see "Hangouts and Messaging")The EU's proposed changes to copyright law - good, bad, terrible? (See "More around the web") Image: Illustration by Ethel Franklin Betts for The Orphant Annie Bookby James Whitcomb Riley (1908), in honor of all the storytellers on YouTube a…

Weekly Update - September 10, 2016: Hangouts, Google+, Apple

New this week:  Apple announced the iPhone 7 - goodbye headphone jack! Plus there is a new Apple Watch, Super Mario and Pokemon and iOS10 coming soon.You can now opt in to the new Hangout Chrome Extension experience, which is much like the Hangouts app. Note that everyone will be updated October 17th.Google+ had multiple updates for the new web interface, including Chrome notifications, related Community suggestions and improved search auto-complete.On Monday, September 12th Hangouts on Air will be moved to YouTube Live Events, so this is your last chance to run a HOA from Google+ Plus there are tips and updates for YouTube, Google+, Live Streaming, Bloggers and Webmasters, AdSense, Local Business Owners, Map users and much more!
Image: We’re heading into apple season - both the fruit and electronic kind. The image is a detail from Levi Wells Prentice’s Harvest

Weekly Update - September 3, 2016: New Google+, YouTube Monetization, Live streaming

This week was all about Google+ and YouTube (but not together, of course).

First off, the new Google+ is now the default web experience, with the option to switch back to Classic Google+ for the time being. To sweeten the deal there are several new features: images and links in comments, web notification center, and community moderators can now choose to hold posts for review.

Meanwhile, YouTube started notifying Partners with videos that are not “advertiser-friendly”. Despite the fact that this only affects the ability to monetize those videos videos, and the cited policies are well over a year old, YouTubers were upset by this “new” policy.

Also this week: YouTube Gaming turned one, Google Brand Accounts for YouTube and Google+ can have multiple owners, you can schedule in YouTube Live Stream Now, Twitter offers a monetization program, Snapseed got more editing tools, and more.

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Image: Welcome to the new Google+!
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